What’s New in the Network – May 2023

Welcome to our three newest partner organisations

The list of partner organisations in the ADSN is now up to 30! We’d like to introduce you to our three newest partner organisations:

  • The ANU Biological Data Science Institute (BDSI) is an interdisciplinary academic unit in the College of Science that sits at the interface of data science and biological science. It aims to recruit, build and coordinate expertise in the expanding field of biological data science to accelerate the translation of data to domain knowledge.
  • Intersect’s Advanced Analytics & AI (3AI) Platform is an end-to-end Advanced Analytics and AI solution at Intersect that aims to help researchers accelerate their research by getting access to highly skilled experts in data science, AI, statistics, and more.
  • Western Sydney University’s Centre for Research in Mathematics and Data Science (CRMDS) is the focus for high quality research in the mathematical and data sciences. Research in CRMDS spans a continuum from “blue-sky” theoretical work to applications, and covering a spectrum of mathematical fields including algebra, control theory, and data sciences such as computational statistics and machine learning.

Stay on top of everything that is happening with the ADSN and its member organisations. Just Follow the new ADSN Linked page. In addition, we’ve created an ADSN LinkedIn Group. The group will allow you to post jobs, events and news from your organisations and have discussions about things that are important in the field. The page will feature the latest content curated by the ADSN.  

Upcoming Events across the ADSN

These can all be found on ADSN events page: https://www.australiandatascience.net/events/

📆 DARE Seminar: How remote sensing & big data are changing our view of the coast| 2 May, 4p-6p AEST, UNSW

Join the ARC DARE Centre for this in-person seminar followed by networking and nibbles. The seminar will explore how scientists are applying basic machine learning techniques to improve our ability to predict coastal change at a variety of timescales, from individual storms, to where the coast might be by 2100. More information

📆 Getting to Know: The Australian Bureau of Statistics| 4 May, 2pm AEST, Online

The Statistical Society of Australia’s Early Career and Student Statisticians Network (ECSSN) and the New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) will present a seminar on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the work done by statisticians and data scientists there. More information

📆 Biosecurity Commons Launch| 10 May, Canberra.

Biosecurity Commons will officially launch on 10 May at the Annual Diagnostics and Surveillance Workshop 2023 in Canberra. Biosecurity Commons will deliver a cloud-based decision-support platform for modelling and analysing biosecurity risk and response. More information

📆 Research Software Developers Forum| 18 May, The University of Queensland

QCIF and ARDC would like to invite you to the Queensland Research Software Developers Forum being held at UQ’s Global Change Institute. The forum will provide an in-person platform for research software developers to come together to network with your peers, to share ideas and best practices, and to foster the development of a strong local community of practice. More information

📆 AMSI Winter School: Modelling our Changing Biosphere| 3-14 July, QUT & Online

Applications now open! The focus of the program is the Earth’s biosphere, which encompasses the interconnected physical and biological systems that support human life. Join other postgraduate students, early career researchers and industry professionals to explore how mathematical modelling can help to preserve and sustain our biosphere in the face of human-driven change. Winter School Website

📆 AI for Good Global Summit| 6-7 July, Geneva, Switzerland

The AI for Good Global Summit is the leading United Nations initiative to identify practical applications of AI to accelerate progress towards the UN SDGs. Monash Data Futures Institute is supporting the initiative as a Gold Sponsor in 2023.  Conference Website

📆 SMC Down Under: AMSI-AustMS Workshop on Sequential Monte Carlo| 10-13 July, QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane. (Abstract Submissions Close 5 May)

The SMC Down Under workshop will bring together the SMC community to discuss the theory and practice of sequential Monte Carlo. The workshop will consist of contributed talks, posters, and collaborative sessions to discuss current trends in SMC and its future directions. Workshop Website

📆 ISI World Statistics Congress| 16-20 July, Ottawa, Canada

The ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) is the leading congress on Statistics & Data Science worldwide. It is held every two years, since 1887 by the International Statistical Institute (ISI). Conference Website

📆 Integrated Earth 2023| 12-13 September, The Shine Dome, Canberra

The ARDC, TERN, NCI, AuScope, ACCESS-NRI and IMOS are partnering to host the Australian Academy of Science Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference. This 2-day symposium will bring together researchers, scientists, and STEM professionals working across the 5 Earth systems: geosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, to address complex environmental challenges. Conference Website

📆 2nd Bayesian Nonparametric Networking Workshop| 4-8 December, Monash University Caulfield Campus.

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Bayesian Nonparametric Networking workshop. The format will largely follow the first of these new BNP Networking workshops that was held in Nicosia (Cyprus) in April 2022, this time with 3 mini-courses delivered by Jim Griffin, Athanasios Kottas and Stephanie van der Pas, who will also deliver Keynote talks. The workshop will also feature invited talks, contributed talks and a poster session each featuring a range of different topics presented by a blend of both junior and established researchers. Workshop Website

📆 Australian Statistical Conference (ASC) and Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (OZCOTS) 2023 | 10–15 December 2023, Wollongong, NSW

Hosted by the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), this week-long conference covers both new developments and interesting applications of statistical methods. The theme for 2023 is ‘Statisticians in society’. The last two days overlap with OZCOTS, providing a great opportunity to dip into the teaching of statistics. The week begins with three outstanding workshops on Sunday, 10 December:

  • Essential Skills for Statistical Communication
  • Statistical Consultancy – The Essentials for Getting Started and Ongoing Success
  • Deep Statistics for More Rigorous and Efficient Data Science

Conference Website

Job opportunities (listed by closing date – earliest to latest)

📌 The University of Queensland

📌 AgResearch (New Zealand)

📌 Australian Institute of Machine Learning


📌 The George Institute for Global Health

Other Opportunities

📢 CSIRO/SSA Betty Allan Travel Award – Entries close 29 May

This national award honours Frances Elizabeth (Betty) Allan (1905-1952), who was CSIRO’s first statistician. The $3,000 award, funded jointly by CSIRO and the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), is open to any early career woman or non-binary member of the SSA or CSIRO staff working or studying in the field of statistics. It can be used to support travel as a professional visitor to a suitable location and/or conference anywhere in the world. More info/apply

📢 SSA Travel Sponsorship – ATSIMA Conference 2023 – Entries close 15 June

The Statistical Society of Australia (SSA) is sponsoring one member to attend the inaugural conference for ATSIMA (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance). The conference will be held from Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th October. The Society will cover your registration fee and travel and accommodation expenses of up to $1,500.  Please send your application to eo@statsoc.org.au.  Members with an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander background are especially encouraged to apply.

Looking for a Podcast about Data Science, Maths & Stats?

The Australian Data Science Network is a proud partner in The Random Sample podcast. The Random Sample takes you inside the data and mathematical sciences and introduces you to some of the people involved, explores the work they’re doing, and the impact it’s having. To listen, just search for The Random Sample wherever you get your podcasts, or head to the podcast website. Also, if you have any ideas for podcast episodes or would like to get involved, please contact Tim Macuga.

  • The two most recent episodes:


🖥️ ARDC Curated Data Resources 

The ARDC has new curated digital resources for:


📲 Novel study elucidates the long-term behavioural change & impact of digital skills training on researchers’ workflows – Intersect

📲 NSSN Grants awarded to support impactful research 

On Video

🖥️ AI for Good and the Bootstrapping Problem by Professor Shannon Vallor | Monash Prato Dialogue

🖥️ Mind Your Ps and Qs When Analysing Data | David Warton at DARE Symposium


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